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    It looks like an early flu season in Louisiana

    JIM HANZO
    SEPTEMBER 25, 2019 - 11:21 AM

    MarianVejcik-Getty

    Louisiana Department of Health is seeing an early start to flu activity, even resulting in a school closure in the Lafayette area due to flu cases. Assistant State Health Officer Dr. Joseph Kanter says it is a reminder the time to get the annual flu vaccine is now.

    “It’s a very early start to the flu season for us," Kanter said. "If you ask the CDC, they’ll tell you the formal start to the season is not until early October, but for us in Louisiana, it is right now.”
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    https://wwl.radio.com/articles/it-lo...-flu-louisiana


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    Details on a flu outbreak that closed local elementary school

    LOCAL
    by: Neale Zeringue, KLFY

    Posted: Sep 25, 2019 / 11:39 AM CDT / Updated: Sep 25, 2019 / 12:38 PM CDT

    ST. LANDRY PARISH, La. (KLFY)- The flu season is starting early, and it’s already forced one Acadiana school to hit the reset button.

    Leonville Elementary dismissed students early today, so the entire campus could be cleaned.
    According to the school’s principal, the school will be open tomorrow. That’s because the staff and St. Landry parish inmates spent the afternoon disinfecting the campus.
    ...
    About 13 percent of the school population already sick with the virus, the principal said.

    “Every year is different, but i will say so far this year we are seeing cases earlier,” Stefanski said.
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    https://www.klfy.com/news/local/deta...entary-school/

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    Influenza Surveillance ReportAugust 2019

     Influenza activity has begun to increase in the last 2 weeks.
     During the month of August, the state public health laboratory identified multiple positive samples of influenza
    including: A/H1N1, A/H3 and B/Victoria.

    ...
    http://ldh.la.gov/assets/docs/Survei...gustReport.pdf

    http://ldh.la.gov/index.cfm/page/3181
    "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
    -Nelson Mandela

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    Flu-like symptoms prompts closure of Baton Rouge school; other districts on high alert
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    By Spencer Soicher | October 1, 2019 at 4:06 PM CDT - Updated October 2 at 9:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) -
    ...
    The Brighton School, a small K-12 school in Baton Rouge, has had 38% of its high school students affected by the flu or flu-like symptoms...

    “The strand of flu that some of our students were getting diagnosed with, it’s a pretty tough thing,” said Head of School Kenneth Henderson.
    ...
    Dr. Michelle Flechas, a pediatrician at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health, says they’ve been getting cases of influenza B for the last two weeks.

    “This time of the year, we typically see a lot of strep throat, we see a lot of stomach viruses, a lot of runny noses that can lead to sinus infections, but typically not flu,” she said. “Typically, flu season is supposed to hit between January and February when flu peaks, but this year, we’ve had an early outbreak.”
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    https://www.wafb.com/2019/10/01/bato...d-through-oct/
    "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
    -Nelson Mandela

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    • #3
      Influenza Surveillance Report – September 2019

       Influenza activity increased through the month of September.
       During the month of September, the state public health laboratory identified multiple positive samples of
      influenza including: A/H1N1 and B/Victoria.
       Based on virologic surveillance data, B/Victoria is primarily circulating in younger children, A/H1N1 is more
      predominant in older children and adults.

      ...

      http://ldh.la.gov/assets/docs/Survei...mberReport.pdf

      http://ldh.la.gov/index.cfm/page/3181
      "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
      -Nelson Mandela

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      • #4
        Flu season starts unusually early in Louisiana

        Typically, our peak time is Christmas to Mardi Gras.

        Author: Meg Farris
        Published: 6:41 PM CDT October 23, 2019
        Updated: 6:41 PM CDT October 23, 2019

        NEW ORLEANS — Doctors don't know why we are seeing more cases of flu in Louisiana than in any other state.

        The type of flu spreading in Louisiana is called Victoria B...

        Ochnsner Pediatrician Dr. Mike Wasserman is on the front lines of flu prevention and has seen to odd trend first hand.

        "We're seeing a lot of influenza type B,” he said. “It started in August, but the frequency and the number of people that have had it has increased dramatically in the last 10 days.
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        https://www.wwltv.com/article/news/h...d-93077be3ea29
        "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
        -Nelson Mandela

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        • #5
          Louisiana still showing high levels of flu cases, according to CDC

          By Maranda Whittington | November 4, 2019 at 9:28 AM CST - Updated November 4 at 9:45 AM

          SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) -Flu season is already underway and Louisiana is still the only state with the highest levels of flu concentration, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

          “Overall this year isn’t as bad as last year but it’s still early," said Dr. Ajit Alexander. The thing with the flu is it’s unpredictable, so it may look okay now but it can definitely get worse. So it’s always better to prepare for the worse."

          Dr. Alexander is an emergency and family medicine doctor at Ochsner LSU in Shreveport and says this year’s flu season will last all the way until May.
          ...
          The state health department has been offering free one-day clinics for people to get their flu shot. You can view the list with all the locations, dates and times, HERE.
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          https://www.ksla.com/2019/11/04/loui...according-cdc/
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          Influenza & Other Respiratory Viruses
          Surveillance Report

          2019-2020 Season

          Week 43, Ending October 26, 2019
          ...
          Current Week
          Predominant Subtype
          B/Vic


          Current Month
          Predominant Subtype
          B/Vic

          ...

          ILI Activity:
          In Louisiana, during week 43, 5.8% of patient visits reported through the U.S. Outpatient Influenza-like illness
          Surveillance Network (ILINet) were due to influenza-like illness (ILI). This percentage is above the regional baseline of
          3.8%. ILI is defined as fever >100F and cough and/or sore throat in the absence of another diagnosis.
          A total of 97 sites reported ILI data for week 43.
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          ILI Activity Level Indicator

          ...
          http://ldh.la.gov/assets/docs/Survei...uenza_1943.pdf
          "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
          -Nelson Mandela

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          • #6
            Carencro Heights Elementary closing Friday in Lafayette as flu outbreak continues

            BY KATIE GAGLIANO | STAFF WRITER PUBLISHED NOV 7, 2019 AT 11:34 AM | UPDATED NOV 7, 2019 AT 5:33 PM

            Carencro Heights Elementary will close Friday as the school system fights an influenza outbreak at the elementary school campus.

            The Lafayette Parish School System announced the closure Thursday morning after 85 confirmed cases of the flu were reported, up from 57 confirmed cases Tuesday, according to Jennifer Gardner, chief administrative officer for the Lafayette Parish School System. The sick students make up about 13% of the school's student population.
            ...
            Dozens more children were reported absent from Carencro Heights Elementary throughout the week, so it’s possible more children have contracted the flu than have been recorded. If a child hasn’t been diagnosed by a physician, it’s difficult to know, she said.
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            https://www.theadvocate.com/acadiana...42307dc49.html
            "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
            -Nelson Mandela

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            • #7
              Report: Lafayette, New Orleans have highest flu rates in the nation

              BY KEVIN ALLMAN Published Nov 11, 2019 at 4:30 pm | Updated Nov 11, 2019 at 4:40 pm

              Louisiana has the highest number of flu infections in the country, and Lafayette and New Orleans are the two cities with the highest incidence of flu, according to the Walgreens Flu Index and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

              The drugstore chain compiles its statistics using the number of antivirus prescriptions it fills to treat the flu. According to that metric, Lafayette and New Orleans are the No. 1 and No. 2 markets for flu prescriptions, with all of the Top 10 metro areas, except Las Vegas, being along the Gulf Coast from Texas to Florida.
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              https://www.theadvocate.com/gambit/n...468af5607.html
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              Influenza & Other Respiratory Viruses
              Surveillance Report

              2019-2020 Season
              Week 44, Ending November 2, 2019

              ...
              Current Week
              Predominant Subtype
              B/Vic


              Current Month
              Predominant Subtype
              B/Vic


              ...
              ILI Activity:
              In Louisiana, during week 44, 7.1% of patient visits reported through the U.S. Outpatient Influenza-like illness
              Surveillance Network (ILINet) were due to influenza-like illness (ILI). This percentage is above the regional baseline of
              3.8%. ILI is defined as fever >100F and cough and/or sore throat in the absence of another diagnosis.
              ...
              http://ldh.la.gov/assets/docs/Survei...uenza_1944.pdf
              "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
              -Nelson Mandela

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              • #8
                Louisiana leads country in flu-related activities, CDC reports

                By Rilwan Balogun | November 15, 2019 at 4:26 PM CST - Updated November 15 at 4:26 PM

                NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - Doctors at the Mid-City Ochsner Urgent Care say right now they’re seeing 5 to 15 patients sit in the waiting chairs daily with flu-like symptoms.
                ...
                It’s a similar scene at Dr. Greg Fernandez’s Bayou Urgent Care in Chalmette. "We'll typically see 30 patients, most of those will have flu like illness,” Fernandez said. “Probably a good 70 percent will test positive for flu."
                ...
                “We are seeing primarily B strains of flu in Louisiana,” said Dr. Fred Lopez with LSU Health Infectious Diseases. “Other parts of the country are seeing A strain.”

                Lopez says it is unclear why Louisiana is experiencing so many flu-related cases.

                "Nobody really knows,” Lopez said. “Did it start here for example? Do we have some outbreaks that started in this area and spread elsewhere?"
                ...
                https://www.fox8live.com/2019/11/15/...s-cdc-reports/
                "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
                -Nelson Mandela

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